Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

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A small island in a lake called Lough Derg is one of the most famous of Ireland's places of pilgrimage. About 35,000 pilgrims come to it each year intent on doing penance for their sins or seeking divine intervention in their lives. Read More...

Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany's popular leisure waterway

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The Nantes-Brest Canal is a 364 km long waterway connecting the city of Brest, on the west of Brittany, to the city of Nantes in the south east. Read More...

The shrine of the Cailleach at Glen Lyon

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Each year, in one of the most remote areas of Scotland, a family of stones are brought out of the house in the spring and returned to the house for the winter. The tradition stretches back thousands of years and the site is believed to be the only surviving shrine to the Celtic goddess Cailleach. Read More...

Newport Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Oregon

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A cultural celebration of the seven Celtic nations, the new festival on the Oregon coast features Celtic music, dance, food, drink, crafts, vendors, kids events, family histories and Highland Games. Read More...

World's largest tidal power project

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The world's largest tidal stream energy array will be built in the Sound of Islay on Scotland's west coast. Read More...

Wales' new devolution settlement

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Following the 'Yes' victory in the 3 March 2011 Referendum, Wales will now be able to pass its own laws in twenty policy fields. Read More...

The Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland has an unparalleled display of polygonal columns of basalt rock resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Read More...

Irish political leaders fail to find consensus on emergency Budget

Green Party leader John Gormley asked government and opposition leaders to meet to discuss the problems facing the Irish economy.

Green Party leader John Gormley asked government and opposition leaders to meet to discuss the problems facing the Irish economy.

The Fianna Fáil and Green Party coalition government are currently preparing a new emergency Budget which is believed to be one of the toughest in the history of Ireland.

Mr Gormley called for opposition's support at a time of national crisis and said Irish political parties should pull together to reassure the global money markets.

The Green Party leader's initiative was supported afterwards by Taoiseach Brian Cowen.

"It would substantially help Ireland’s position if we were to show the international community that there is a unity of purpose to go from words to actions", told the Taoiseach in reference to the prospect of the International Monetary Fund taking control of the troubled Irish economy.

But Mr Gormley's initiative for an all-party approach to the nation's financial problems was short lived as government and opposition failed to find common ground.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny accused Fianna Fáil of bringing the nation to the brink of losing its sovereign independence and called for a general election as only a new government would have credibility in dealing with the crisis.

Labour leader Eamon Gilmore told the Taoiseach "You want the opposition to solve the problem for you. You want the people of the country to pay for it and meanwhile you want to stay in office. Do you seriously expect us to agree to this?"

Political analysts suggested the Green Party's attempt to build consensus was doomed to fail as opposition parties would be more interested in getting a general election, rather than sharing the blame for the troubles of the nation's economy.

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